Remembering the only female NYPD officer who perished on 9/11 saving others

moira-smith-via-ny-daily-newsThis is Moira Smith. She is the only female NYPD officer who passed away during 9/11.

These past few days I’ve found myself watching documentaries and reading stories about the people who experienced that terrible day. Her story touched me. She was married with a two-year-old daughter and, like many first responders, put her life aside to save others.

Moira was at the base of the first tower to fall. She’s remembered as “the woman with the flashlight.” She was using hers to guide people outside the building so they wouldn’t gather to look at the devastation outside or get hit by a falling body.

This picture of her was captured by New York Daily News photographer Corey Sipkin on that day. After saving this man she went back in to save more.

2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 others were wounded on 9/11, but I our whole country felt the impact.

Read one man’s memory of her from that day. 

Author: Christine O'Donnell

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. Here's a little bit about me. I'm a reporter, producer and promoter of all things female. Bridging the gap between how men and women are treated in the world is something I'm passionate about. I'm originally from Saratoga Springs, NY. I studied Journalism and Spanish at the University of Minnesota and rowed Division-1. In 2007, my crew of incredibly strong women and I won an NCAA Championship. I love sharing stories, traveling and being active in the community. My husband and I live near Manhattan Beach, CA with our two cats whom we are both obsessed with.

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